DTO ScholarshipS

Every year, DTO awards three, $2500 scholarships for students pursuing a college degree in a natural resources related field.  Applicants must live in Coos, Douglas and Lane counties.

 

 

Wood products are a major component of the manufacturing and building industry and are an important part of the local, national and global economy. There continues to be a growing job demand for forestry professionals.

 

DTO is proud to support the Umpqua Community College Forestry & Natural Resources Program, which prepares students for:

 

  • transfer to the bachelor’s degree program at Oregon StateUniversity; or, 

  • The two-year degree at Umpqua Community College may provide a direct career pathway to employment as a Forest Technician or Engineering Technician.

 

 

2020 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

Three scholarships in the amount of $2500 were awarded to Ashley Backen, Justin Helgren and Colton Fuller. Three $500 scholarships were awarded to Angus Kjos, Jacob Payne and Ellie Kenagy.

  • ASHLEY BACKEN – from Roseburg, OR.  She has completed her studies at Umpqua Community College where she was recruitment chair of the forestry club. This fall she will be starting her senior year at the College of Forestry at Oregon State University. She has worked as a summer intern at both Roseburg Forest Products and Lone Rock Resources. Ashley states, “I’m truly excited to see where this path that I am on will take me in my future in forestry."

 

  • JUSTIN HELGREN – from Umpqua, OR. He is currently studying at Umpqua Community College where he is the forestry club president and plans to transfer to the College of Forestry at Oregon State University in the Fall. He has worked for Mountain Western Log Scaling and Grading Bureau as a journeyman log scaler and as a choker setter for Double S Logging. Justin states, “I plan to spread the message that tree farming and sustainable forestry practices are benefits not only to our communities through economic and recreational benefits, but a benefit to the entire world, allowing us to reduce our carbon footprint and promote a healthier, cleaner planet." 
     

  • COLTON FULLER – from Days Creek, OR. He is currently attending the College of Forestry at Oregon State University. He has worked as a forestry intern for Lone Rock Resources and as a wildland firefighter at the Douglas Forest Pretective Association. He was also the president of the Umpqua Community College Forestry Club. Colton states: “I want to learn to better serve the forests as well as to serve others.” 

 

  • ANGUS KJOS – from Tenmile, OR. He is currently attending the College of Forestry at Oregon State University where he is in the OSU Forestry Club, OSU Logging Sports Team and a member of the Society of American Foresters. He has worked two summers as an intern for Lone Rock Resources. Angus states, “I have chosen to study Forestry Operations Management so that one day I can start my own logging business with my father and work for myself.” 
     

  • JACOB PAYNE – Camas Valley, OR. He has completed his studies at Umpqua Community College and will transfer to the College of Forestry at Oregon State University in the Fall. He was a member of the UCC forestry club and a member of the Society of American Foresters. He has worked as a summer intern for Douglas County Forest Products and the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians. Jacob states, “I want to work as a forester in Douglas County specifically, and I hope to take part in causing and influencing positive change.” 
     

  • ELLIE KENAGY – Oakland, OR. She begins her college education at Oregon State University in the Fall pursuing a degree in Agricultural Business or Agricultural Communications. While at Oakland High School she was the FFA Chapter President, Student Body President, and National Honor Society Vice President. Ellie states, “So twenty years down the road when I look back, it will be important to me that I’ve made a difference in the agroforestry community by making changes that benefit our natural resource managers’ bottom line.” 

Photo Credit:  Paul Beck​